Pay rise announced for care home workers in North Yorkshire

An award-winning North Yorkshire care provider is rewarding staff who are on the front-line in the fight against coronavirus with a Covid-19 pay bonus.

By Sue Wilkinson
Tuesday, 14th April 2020, 9:56 am
Updated Tuesday, 14th April 2020, 10:09 am
Mike Padgham
Mike Padgham

Saint Cecilia’s Care Group has told its 160 staff they will be getting an extra pay rise in recognition of their work during Covid-19 and their efforts seven days a week, 365 days a year.

They will also be receiving a hamper of food each from local baker Cooplands, after last week each of the four homes received a box of sweet treats.

Managing director Mike Padgham, said: “We are so proud of our staff at the current time. They are working extremely hard and putting their health and safety on the line every single day to look after our 110 vulnerable residents.

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“We wanted to show how much we appreciate what they are doing by giving them a bonus at this very challenging time. It recognises not only their fantastic effort during the coronavirus pandemic but also everything they do all year round to provide wonderful care.”

Last week the company sent each home a box of sweets and chocolates and this week will be following that up with a hamper of food for each colleague from Scarborough bakery Cooplands.

“It is hard to show just how much I and everyone connected with Saint Cecilia’s appreciates what our staff are doing at this time,” added Mr Padgham. “But hopefully this pay rise and our hampers will go some way to show our gratitude.

“I am delighted to say that this will take all our staff above the Real Living Wage. This is the voluntary wage level, above the Government’s National Living Wage and suggested by the Living Wage Foundation, based upon the cost of living.”